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Columbia High School

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Posted February 11, 2014

I have recently moved to columbia sc and columbia high school is a ok school but not perfect. There are some things I dont like about this school . First the school does have many fun days such as spirit week they have spirit week but its not very spirity type its a very carless school. They also dont have homecoming which i belive every high school should have that. Also if your child has an IEP there not very good with helping your child stay on track and giving them the extra tutors and help that they need,some of the teaches are very unorganized and very carless about the kids work not being graded and teachers caring more about the little things then being focused on helping the kids get a high school diploma. I think this columbia high school could do a lot better if they just put effort into trying to make it a better school, then maybe they would become a known popular school for the adults to put there kids in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

I moved to SC recently and enrolled my son who is 15 in the 9th grade, in Columbia High. If your child has an IEP, this is the worst school to send them. If they have to be in a "Self Contained" class, they will get no credit for attending high school only a certificate at graduation for attendance. Their curriculum for this class is only GED Prep and that's all they will learn. The staff is too busy to "Deal" with parents questions or concerns. Poor poor quality of education and treatment of kids with disabilities. The only reason I rate it one star, is because i couldn't submit this unless I did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

my 2 sons graduated from there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

My child will graduate from Columbia High School this year. Thus far she has been accepted by two colleges. She is working closely with the counselors. She is involved in various activities, one being FBLA. She has excelled tremendously. She is a representative for the state. Columbia has been wonderful her 9th-11th grade year and I expect for her to come out on top this year. She has done well on the ACT increasing her score each time takes the exam. I have been quite involved in her education and around for a majority of the activities and I believe that makes the difference overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

I am a former student of Columbia High and I graduated in 2006. I feel that Columbia High did not teach me the much needed skills to be a successful freshman in college. I struggled my freshman year because I had to teach myself how to study, and how to manage time. Columbia High has a very cherished and intimate school setting that aids students in SAT/ACT score but does not prepare students mentally for college success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

I attended Columbia High School and graduated in 2002. I am making sure that when my own children enter school they are in a different zone. I feel like I would have been better prepared for college if I had attended another school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 31, 2007

As a parent of two students who have graduated and one who is a jr. I feel CHS is the best kept secret of Richland #1. Students have the opportunity to expand themselves wether it be academically or through music and athletics. There is a great Student Council and ROTC.The band isn't bad either. Our students have done exceptionably well on the End of Course Exams and AP exams this has been accomplished through hard work of caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2005

i was a former student at Columbia High for two years and the entire time i was there it was always a great experience. one of the things that i loved about the high school was that everyone knew each other and there were a lot of friendly students. one of the best things that could have happen to me was joining the JROTC program. It showed me alot and to this day i am still taking in what i have learned in the JROTC program at columbia High school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 8, 2005

Columbia High school is a very good school for anyones children to attend. The teachers take the time to listen to each child and to help each one in the best way possible. Many activities are offered throughout the school year; it is basically up to the student to take the chance and envolve themselves. The J.R.O.T.C program is one of the best in the state and is a great way for your student to discipline themselves and to just get involved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 12, 2004

I'm a student here and I don't like it b/c I'm always getting threatened and picked on b/c I am a hispanic at a black school.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

English/Language Arts

All Students77%
Female83%
Male72%
African-American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals76%
Full-pay meals78%
Disabled28%
Not disabled88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant77%

Math

All Students70%
Female79%
Male65%
African-American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Subsidized meals70%
Full-pay meals71%
Disabled19%
Not disabled82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%
Scale: % level 2, 3, or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.

The different student groups are identified by the South Carolina Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
67%
Applied Biology

The state average for Applied Biology was 55% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 80% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
40%
English I

The state average for English I was 77% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
63%
Mathematics for the Technologies 2

The state average for Mathematics for the Technologies 2 was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 60% in 2011.

214 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
38%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 57% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
23%
Scale: %D, C, B, A

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 89% 36%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Two or more races 2% 3%
White 2% 53%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1701 Westchester Dr
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 731-8950

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